Not everyone has the luxury of living in a space that basks in natural light, and you may have one too many dead plants to prove that. But that doesn't mean you have to give up indoor plants plans for good; the key is just choosing plants that do well in a low-light environment. "When shopping for indoor plants for low light, it is key to get happy, healthy plants," Ali Glockler, head of indoor at Harrison Green says. "Try to find a reliable vendor to buy your plants and find out the days they get deliveries. It's always best to get fresh plants rather than ones that have sat in a store and aren't cared for properly. When dealing with a low-light environment, avoid tropical plants at all costs. They need full sun and will not survive." Glockler listed her favorite indoor plants that do well in darkness along with handy tips to care for them to get you started.
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Ali Glockler is the head of indoor at Harrison Green, an award-winning landscape architecture firm in NYC.
Want something that's super low maintenance and easy to care for? Choose any variety of pothos. "They require low light and could basically be kept in your closet," Glocker says. "They're also great for people who forget to water regularly. Optimal care would be low light and water once a week. Let the soil dry out before watering."
"Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (ZZs for short) is a classic low-light plant and is super easy to care for," Glocker explains. Just make sure to water once a week and let the soil dry out between waterings.
Rubber plants are a great choice for their beautiful foliage, and bonus: They thrive in low-light. "They can also grow to have a unique shape and character," Glocker says. "Water once a week and clean leaves monthly—large leaves collect dust and prevent the plant from absorbing the sun's UV rays."
Choose a Ficus Benjamina to aid in air purification. "Ficus Benjamina is very easy to care for and very hardy. You can get a small Benjamina or a huge one. They require watering once a week," Glocker says.
"Spathiphyllum (or peace lilies) come in all shapes and sizes. Some varieties even have a pretty white flower as a bonus. They are low light and very easy to care for. Water once a week, and wipe the leaves clean of any dust monthly," Glocker explains. Note that peace lilies can have large foliage, and it's important to keep them clean.
"Peperomia are all the rage these days," Glocker says. "There are tons of varieties from the super-popular Pilea to the awesome watermelon peperomia. They all have very different foliage and colors." Because their leaves hold water like a succulent does, these plants prefer to be on the drier side. Water once a week and let the soil dry out completely before watering next. Most importantly: Keep out of direct sun.
"They are one of the hardiest ferns around—drought-resistant and ideal for low light. They provide unique foliage and a great deep green color," Glocker says. Water them once a week and mist every two weeks.